The Episcopal Diocese of Central New York and Clear Path for Veterans will host a Blessing of the Dogs with Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe at Clear Path for Veterans (1223 Salt Springs Road, Chittenango) on Saturday, October 13th at 10:00 a.m. The event will take place rain or shine—outdoors if the weather’s good, indoors if necessary!
In honor of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals whose feast day is observed on October 4th, the bishop will lead a short prayer service and bless veterans and their service/support dogs trained through Clear Path’s Dogs2Vets program. Please join us and bring your own dog, or a photo or special momento, for a blessing at this family-friendly event. The bishop will also offer a blessing for lovingly remembered pets and service animals. We ask that you properly restrain your dog (leash and flat collar) and bring proof of rabies/distemper vaccinations.
Light refreshments follow the service, and walking trails will be open to dogs and humans.
Clear Path for Veterans is Upstate New York’s Veteran Resource Center, serving as a hub of information, programs and resources. Located just 14 miles east of Syracuse, the Chittenango-based nonprofit relies on partnerships and collaboration, allowing it to act as a single point of contact for active duty, reserve, guard, veterans, and their families to connect them with what they need within 23 counties in New York.
Clear Path’s Dogs2Vets program provides service dog/ emotional support animal training to veterans affected by service-related PTS/MST disabilities. Veterans can bring their own dog to the program or match with a dog from a partnering shelter or Clear Path’s own puppy fostering program. or match with a shelter. The K9 Mingle community dog training program, offered to the general public, is designed to enhance your dog’s relationship with you and improve basic behavior.